Microsoft's Windows Phone design team deletes tweet on revamp rumor

Earlier this week, a rumor hit the Internet that claimed Microsoft was going to launch Windows Phone 9 in 2015, but as a complete revamp of the operating system from Windows Phone 8. Today, Microsoft's official Twitter account for the Windows Phone Design team posted some messages that humorously refuted that rumor, only to have those posts deleted.

Windows Phone Central reports that one of the messages on the Twitter feed today said, "'Scrapping everything and starting over'? Hahaha." The team also offered up a couple of responses to their first message from Twitter users, saying, "don't believe everything you read" and, when asked if they were drunk said, "nah. The guy who started that rumor is though."

However, just a couple of hours later, those messages were removed from the @WPdesignteam Twitter account. It's possible that the person in charge of that feed was not authorized to make official statements from Microsoft, and as a result the messages were taken down.

In any case, it would appear that the rumors about a "page one rewrite" for Windows Phone 9 are not true. It's likely that the team will be adding and changing quite a bit to the OS over the next few years, but we will have to wait a while before we see the fruits of that labor.

Source: Windows Phone Central | Image via WPCentral

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8.1 will be out in early 2014, they could have a 8.5 by the end of 2014 and WP9 by the end of 2015

That's still a big update roughly every year

The cores are already the same thing so now they're working on the APIs to match more with Windows RT. In the end, by version 9 I bet they're the same and the phones are going to just run Windows RT + phone to make calls. That's not a rewrite, it's just a merging of as of now close but not quite the same OSs.

Well of course the rumor of a complete rewrite right after getting the desktop kernel on there wasn't true... LOL. It doesn't take a genius to figure that one out... LMAO

Sometimes it looks like MS has no idea at all, sometimes I think the company is run by monkeys that sometimes get out of control.

Actually a lot of companies have co-op students or interns running the social media stuff... so it obviously looks like one of those, or simply someone who has no business social media knowledge posted that.

Microsoft definitely knows where they're going, which is a 'One Microsoft' approach, unify everything. Exciting times.

As for WP9, there's no need to revamp it from the ground up, but we can all expect major changes.

Most companies with co-op students or interns running the social media stuff don't make these huge and embarrassing mistakes.

derekaw said,
Most companies with co-op students or interns running the social media stuff don't make these huge and embarrassing mistakes.

There is no other company where its so cool and fun to hate upon and make fun of.

The UI wouldn't change. There's a secret, and I mean a secret so secretive, it doesn't exist, that they're replacing the classic NT kernel with a new C# microkernel, which is suppose to be internet-based. Because it's a microkernel, it could literally run on phones and desktops computers without a problem.

You didn't hear this from me.

The have something similar to Singularity which is fully managed kernel. And they are working on taking out virtualisation from .net runtime and applying it to physical hardware. Not to mention the multi kernel project which found its application in te Xbox one.

Riva said,
The have something similar to Singularity which is fully managed kernel. And they are working on taking out virtualisation from .net runtime and applying it to physical hardware. Not to mention the multi kernel project which found its application in te Xbox one.

Link too the multi-kernel project you speak of? The Xbox One doesn't really have multiple kernels.

AWilliams87 said,

Link too the multi-kernel project you speak of? The Xbox One doesn't really have multiple kernels.

Three operating systems. A Hyper-V shim, the game OS, and the other OS.

Interesting that the quietest team felt compelled to deny these rumors...... and then the posts were cancelled.
Honestly I would not mind if, by 2015, MS would reset WP 8 using W9. obviously a scaled down version of it but preserving Windows update; no longer OEM and carriers hampering OS updates.

Pity... That was funny...

WP9 needs to be a major update, but under the hood if anything. I'd like to see it run WinRT.

Chikairo said,
Pity... That was funny...

WP9 needs to be a major update, but under the hood if anything. I'd like to see it run WinRT.

WPx is a stopgap till they can get WinRT on form factors small enough to be useful.

I'm not going to be surprise if WP9 is Windows 8.x metro, WP8 is already half way there. One Microsoft is in the work

Chikairo said,
Pity... That was funny...

WP9 needs to be a major update, but under the hood if anything. I'd like to see it run WinRT.

That is exactly what they're going to do I bet. Windows RT will be the OS for phones, phablets and tablets going forward. I'm sure as we see more and more point updates to the OS that WP and RT will come closer and closer till they're the same thing.

Chikairo said,
but under the hood if anything. I'd like to see it run WinRT.

It basically does.

The core OS is the same. If you wanted to put WinRT on phone hardware, there wouldn't be a single line of code different in any driver, for instance.

It's really only what you see that's different.

They're obviously working on merging the UI layers, based on recent trends.

"It's possible that the person in charge of that feed was not authorized to make official statements from Microsoft, and as a result the messages were taken down."
...or somebody hacked the account and posted nonsense.

Relax, they are in deep knee with xaml. There's even a rumor silverlight is making a comeback.

Not like they're going to shove html/js down everyone's throat now...